Star Wars is an ever-expanding cinematic universe with so much to uncover and discover that it’s honestly surprising how Lucasfilms has not gone insane from exploring new horizons with the franchise. The original trilogy, along with the trilogies that followed the main timeline is so vast that its kind of intimidating, but the fandom is somehow always hungry for more, which in turn, gives the creators a lot of incentive and a lot of creative independence to work with while creating something new from the existing, may it be a new film or a new web series for Disney+.
It shouldn’t be a stretch to say that this is the reason why Star Wars: Andor has been taking over the scene with its brave creativity choices by creator Tony Gilroy.
And now, it seems like Gilroy is ready to talk about and advise future creators to take bold creative decisions who want to make something new and unique in this vast galaxy far, far away, while also taking subtle digs at previous creators for being sacred to do something out-of-the-box with their works in the Star Wars Universe.
Star Wars: Andor Creator Wants Creators To Take Bolder Decisions With The Franchise
Ever since the Disney+ OTT platform arrived on the scene, there have been radical developments in the web series department, especially with the shows related to the MCU and Star Wars franchise. Starting with the very popular Mandolorian series, Lucasfilms has been pumping out quality content with rapid intensity. Although the Mandolorian had been a success, it was not something that fans or critics would call unique because it was a PG-13ed version of the rule of The Empire over the galaxy, something that hid the nitty-gritty of the actual for everyone’s approval.
However, with the arrival of Star Wars: Andor, this norm of content creation was radically changed, and a breakthrough was seen with it. This was something that would be considered a breakthrough in every sense of the word. Not only did we see a more mature version of the rule of The Empire, one which would depict what a tyrannical dictatorship would look like. With a lot of high-stakes decisions to be made, along with a lot of graphic content to go along, it’s no wonder that Andor topped the charts with ease. Tony Gilroy, in an interview with Collider, said:
“Oh, we’re breaking ground for a lot of people who either couldn’t get a break trying to change it up, or be brave enough, or even what the possibilities were, As we said before, it’s like taking the Latin Mass out of the Roman Catholic Church in a way. Once you do that, it’s like, ‘Wow, everything changes.’ Well, what will other people do with it? That would be the coolest thing. The coolest thing would be for other people to come along and start taking the next level, or the next road. There’s all kinds of things you can do with this.”
Gilroy’s blasts to the previous creators were something that most would call arrogant or snobbish, but these digs do highlight the fact that due to the censorship rules, the creators had to take a safe approach to make it accessible to the masses. But, these digs were also advised to the upcoming generation of Star Wars creators to not hesitate to take bold decisions to make something truly stand out.
Why Was Andor So Successful Within The Star Wars Franchise?
As the OG fans of the series might already know, Star Wars has been the franchise to take the safer and more reachable approach of toning down the antics to make the films as viewer-friendly as possible while just caressing the fringes of the reality of what a tyranny would look like on a galactic scale. Andor on the other hand, moved in to actually depict what depravity would look like when something like a dictatorship rules the masses of an entire galaxy, which was something that the fans had been craving for a long time.
Andor might just be the start of a long chain of series or films that would tap into this potential, and fans would welcome it with open arms.
Star Wars: Andor, streaming exclusively on Disney+